|Name||Blossom House School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||11 June 2019|
|Address||Station Road, Motspur Park, New Malden, KT3 6JJ|
|Number of Pupils||242 (70% boys 30% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||7%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Blossom House School is an independent special school for girls and boys in the London Borough of Merton. The school is registered for up to 330 pupils between the ages of three to 19. There are currently 252 pupils on roll. The school operates on two sites. The main site covers the whole age range and is at Station Road, Motspur Park, New Malden, and 230 pupils attend this site. The other site, for early years children and primary pupils, is near Euston, in the London Borough of Camden, at Christopher Place NW1 1JF, and 22 pupils attend this site. The school makes use of local parks for additional outdoor space. The early years provision includes Year 1. All sixth-form students attend Blossom House, Motspur Park. Students enrolled on the transition year attend college for a half-day a week and study a range of courses at Blossom House School. Other students study for two and a half days a week at college, and two and a half days at school. The colleges are North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT), Merton College and Kingston College. The school has purchased the lease of a local café. The café also has a food trailer, which attends local events. These provide work experience opportunities for pupils in key stage 4 and in the sixth form. Since the last inspection, the proprietor and the advisory group have put plans in place to change the group into an advisory board. Terms of reference are in place, and the board has its first meeting in June 2019. The school does not use any alternative provision.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school The headteacher, who is also the proprietor, has continued to lead the school successfully. All the independent school standards are met, and the school provides an outstanding quality of education for pupils. Leadership is very strong across the school. The headteacher delegates effectively. Leaders take responsibility for their areas and collaborate well for the benefit of pupils. Occasionally, leaders lack an overview of school information. Teachers, therapists and teaching assistants work well together to provide outstanding teaching. As a result, pupils make very strong progress from their starting points. Teachers have excellent subject knowledge and plan activities with thought and care. This means that teaching is finely tuned to meet the needs of individual pupils. Teachers use assessment to ensure pupils make their best progress. Leaders have not fully developed the process for including all of the information they hold about pupils. Safeguarding is effective. Systems are robust, and pupils are well cared for. Pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. Pupils have very positive attitudes to learning. They develop empathy, respect and self-confidence. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Pupils concentrate well in class and largely self-manage their behaviour around the school. Outcomes for pupils are outstanding. Pupils make exceptional progress in their learning and develop skills to help them live independently. The early years provision is outstanding. Children follow a bespoke curriculum and are well supported by adults to make very strong progress from their starting points. The sixth-form provision is outstanding. Partnership work between the school and local colleges enables pupils to study successfully and prepare confidently for employment and adult life. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.